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overborne

[oh-ver-bawrn, -bohrn]
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adjective
  1. overcome; crushed; oppressed.
verb
  1. past participle of overbear.

overbear

[oh-ver-bair]
verb (used with object), o·ver·bore, o·ver·borne, o·ver·bear·ing.
  1. to bear over or down by weight or force: With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight.
  2. to overcome or overwhelm: A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack.
  3. to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.): She overbore all objections to the new plan.
  4. to treat in a domineering way; dominate: to overbear one's children with threats of violence.
  5. Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely.
verb (used without object), o·ver·bore, o·ver·borne, o·ver·bear·ing.
  1. to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.

Origin of overbear

First recorded in 1525–35; over- + bear1
Related formso·ver·bear·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for overborne

Historical Examples

  • If the North are overborne in this contest, they must and will submit.

    Cleveland Past and Present

    Maurice Joblin

  • He had to get his story, and he had overborne Mary Nellen and penetrated to the hall.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Whenever I attempted to interpose a word in my defence, I was overborne at once.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • The men of moderation are overborne by the wild clamor of the factionist.

  • A few might, perhaps, have been merciful, but they were overborne by numbers.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for overborne

overbear

verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
  1. (tr) to dominate or overcometo overbear objections
  2. (tr) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
  3. to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
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Word Origin and History for overborne

overbear

v.

late 14c., "to carry over," from over- + bear (v.). Meaning "to bear down by weight of physical force" is from 1535 (in Coverdale), originally nautical, of an overwhelming wind; figurative sense of "to overcome and repress by power, authority, etc." is from 1560s.

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